Finding Lulu and Annie: A Cold Case

Author(s): Sara S. Dietler

Year: 2018


Los Angeles’ first public cemetery (1850-1890) was excavated over a decade ago by archaeologists during construction for a new high school. With no remaining headstones, identification of remains solely through archaeological data was impossible. However, combined with genealogical research, the study resulted in the identification of two little girls remaining in the cemetery—Lulu and Annie Jenkins. Last year, a journal surfaced belonging to their uncle, Charles Jenkins, a civil war veteran, inspiring a revisit to this cold case. Picking up the trail, we will explore newly available data to find connections to living relatives and uncover details of the lives of these girls. Will the old archaeological data, combined with new genealogical investigations, result in the identification of descendants of these girls and more information about their parents? Can this fresh evidence also shed light on the identities of other men, women, and children buried at Los Angeles City Cemetery?

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Finding Lulu and Annie: A Cold Case. Sara S. Dietler. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441695)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 1096